What was it like to grow old in the Middle Ages? Were white hairs a guarantee for respect or were they a pitiable token of endured hardship? Did medieval people long to grow old or did they fear their ever-growing tally of years?
The late medieval author Dirc Potter gave his readers dating advice, specifying not only what to do at each stage of love but also where to do it. Not surprisingly, the last stage of love takes place in the privacy of the bedroom.
In his 1558 Historia Piscium the Swiss scholar Conrad Gessner described a species of fish which was at that time new to science as an “addition” to another species. His scientific discovery highlights how species were identified and depicted.